Our Holy Week Services
Don’t forget our Holy Week services at RUMC. We kick off the week with our choir’s Easter Cantata on Palm Sunday, March 29th at 10:00 AM. Both the chancel choir and the Riverview Ringers are slated to perform. Afterwards, the United Methodist Women will prepare a reception in Crichton Fellowship Hall.
On Wednesday April 1st, we will have a day of Prayer and Fasting, and there will be no Wonderful Wednesday potluck or Bible study.
The Maundy Thursday service will be held on Thursday, April 2nd at 6:00 PM in Crichton Fellowship Hall. Every one will be asked to bring a food item that might be shared at a Passover meal. All foods are to be eaten with the fingers—no utensils should be needed. We will also celebrate Holy Communion on that evening. The service is designed to remind us of The Last Supper.
We will join our fellow congregation at St. Andrews United Methodist Church for Good Friday services on Friday, April 3rd at 7:00 PM.
The Maundy Thursday service will be held on Thursday, April 2nd at 6:00 PM in Crichton Fellowship Hall. We will join our fellow congregation at St. Andrews United Methodist Church for Good Friday services on Friday, April 3rd at 7:00 PM.
Easter Sunday is April 5th. On that date we will be conducting two Easter services. Our Sonrise Service at 8:00 AM will be held “down by the river” behind the parsonage. Our regular Easter Service will be held at 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary (note this special time). Between these two services, the Care Committee will be serving an Easter Sunday Breakfast in the fellowship hall.
We hope to see you at one or all of these events. Be sure to invite your family, friends and neighbors, too. Let’s be the Easter destination for many in our community.
Time to Order Your Easter Lilies
With the start of the Lenten season, it’s time to order your Easter lilies. Each plant will cost $7.50, paid in advance. Use the special form in your Sunday bulletin or order them in the church office, but they must be ordered by Wednesday, March 25th. The form allows you to order lilies in honor or in memory of special persons that were impactful in your life. Take this opportunity to brighten Easter morning.
Manly Man Yard Sale Coming April 18th
The RUMC United Methodist Men are planning to hold their annual “Manly Man” yard sale on Saturday, April 18th from 7:00 AM until 1:00 PM. They are looking for donations of tools, power tools, recreational equipment, yard furniture and collectibles.
If you have some old tools, an old fishing rod, a set of golf clubs, an Adirondack chair, a boat or a raft, or even a set of old baseball cards, we would like to turn your item into treasure for the church. If you would like to make a donation, contact Jack Findlay (813)626-9569 or drop off your donation any Wednesday through Saturday morning and ask for Joe Cornell.
“Imagine No Malaria” Events
Friday, April 17th is the South Central District’s Day of Prayer and Awareness for the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign. Saturday, April 25th is World Malaria Day, and “Imagine No Malaria” events will be planned throughout the Florida Conference. We asking each person to donate $10 to this cause, so that RUMC can generate $1,000 in giving to “Imagine No Malaria” as a church family.
Say Farewell to Gemma
Gemma Armstrong, who has been the long-time chairman of the Board of Trustees, and who has been active in many church activities will be leaving us soon. She is returning to her native Trinidad, to return to her family there and to help take care of her mother.
On Sunday, April 19th, we will all have a chance to thank Gemma for her service and to wish her well in the next phase of her life. There will be a reception in her honor immediately after church. The event will be sponsored by the Care Committee who will provide finger foods and small sandwiches.